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remembering shipmates at sea for the last time

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Sailor's Creed
I am a United States sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of the officers appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with honor, courage, and commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.

Semper Fortis
Always Courageous

Any man or woman who may be asked in this century what they did to make life worthwhile in their lifetime....

can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction,

"I served a career in the United States Navy."

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Two Bell Ceremony
Our departed shipmates are remembered at each reunion with the Two Bell Ceremony.

Remember Me

Fill not your heart with pain and sorrow,
but remember me in every tomorrow.
Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles;
I've only gone to rest a little while.

Although my leaving causes pain and grief,
my going has eased my hurt and given me relief.

So dry your eyes and remember me,
not as I am now, but as I used to be.
Because I will remember you,
and look on with a smile.

Understand in your heart,
I've only gone to rest a little while.

As long as I have the love of each of you,
I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.

- Author Unknown

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My Heart's at Sea Forever
Long ago I was a Sailor.
I sailed the Ocean blue.
I knew the bars in Singapore...
The coastline of Peru.

I knew well the sting of salt spray,
The taste of Spanish wine,
The beauty of the Orient...
Yes, all these things were mine.

But I wear a different hat now,
A tie and jacket too.
My sailing days were long ago...
with that life I am through.

But somewhere deep inside of me...
The sailor lives there still.
He longs to go to sea again,
But knows he never will.

My love, my life, is here at home,
and I will leave here never.
Though mind and body stay ashore...
My heart's at sea forever.

Members at sea for the last time  
*** May They Rest in Peace ***

Online obituaries are linked to shipmates when known. If you learn of a shipmate's death, please send a link to their obituary to

Clyde "Andy" Anderson - 7 October 2011 MEMORIAL
Phillip Ascher - 26 April 2000
Gene "Wizzard" Barnes - 16 November 1978
A.T. Bergeron - 1 August 2007
Everett Borszich - 18 April 2013
Jim Breese - 29 July 2020
Larry E. Butery - 4 June 1997
Stephen Campeau - 15 February 2009
Daniel Cannon - August 2021
Jim Bob Case - 30 May 2004
Joe Chandler -?-
Fred Cheatem - 2004
Bill Crenshaw - 197?
Clifford Carl Creek - 28 January 2021
Terry Darwell - 1987
Stan DeGraffenreid - 4 August 2006
Terry Morris Denham - 14 March 2006
George Gatje - 15 September 2015
Elmer Gilliam, Sr. - 2003
Loran Ginn - 31 December 2010
Willard Glover - 2000
Michael W. Irving IC1 - 2 October 2014
Jim Jack - 8 January 2013
Kevin Leamy - October 2004
Manuel Lerma - 26 September 2020
Edward Thomas Lewis - 6 September 2007 DD-229
Walter B. Lunsford - 15 October 2007
David MacConnell - 21 March 2008
Charlie Martin - 23 August 2020
William McBride -?-
Michael McClelland - March 2021
Robert Michael Miller - 25 Oct 2018
Herb Naugle -?-
Brian Nelson -?-
B B Newell - 9 April 2021
Gary Palotti - 1 October 2000
Thomas Pehl - 26 October 2006
John Ramsay - 9 December 2007
Jimmy Rivera - 30 October 2018
Brian Siemkowski -?-
Michael D. Smith - 13 July 2014
W.T. Smith - 1989
Jack Spangler - 28 March 2000
Stephen Strassman - 11 January 2012
Bruce D. Taylor - 14 April 2006
Carl Taylor -?-
Harold Tesseo - 12 March 2004
Dean Tibbits - 11 July 2015
William Toelcke - 1980
Ken Trader - 27 April 2007
Daniel Viveros - 11 August 2021
James Christopher Vlasich -?-
Paul Westberry - 2007
David D. Work - 7 November 1996
Gary Ray Zwack - March 2008